Thursday 29th November 2011
Today's the day - Competition started at 11.00 a.m.
18.00 By the end of jumping today we had completed :
The weather forecast for tomorrow is cloudy, with the chance of rain and increasing winds - there is a slight chance of thunder storms. However the weather will improve over the weekend and by Monday should be normal Dubai weather of blue skies and low winds.
This evening at the technical meeting when it was announced that the preferred alternative accuracy drop zone will be the one on the beach, about 4 km further down the coast. The style draw was then made: jump 1 \"1\"; jump 2 \"2\"; jump 3 \"4\" and jump 4 \"5\" with jump 5 \"free\".
We hope to have a schedule to post in the morning - 8.00 a.m. start.
16.30. All but one team have jumped to complete the first round of 4-way Open, but round of one of 4-way Female, 8-way and VFS have completed and one round of Accuracy has also been completed - follow the reslts button on the front page to see the results.
At 15.30 there was a Press Conference to announce the formation of the Dubai Parachuting Federation, thanking HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — Crown Prince of Dubai for his overwhelming support of the sport and giving Dubai the opportunity to promote and advance the sport of parachuting, particularly for the young people. The new federation will be formally inaugerated with officers etc. during the Mondial, with the Head Office based close to Skydive Dubai and will work in conjunction with the FAI to see how they may work together for the benefit of parachuting internationally.
A question was asked about the opening ceremony, scheduled to take place from 7.00 am tomorrow evening. We have had hints of what we will see by the light shows we have been able to observe from our hotels during the evenings as they prepared the arena. However, if you want to know more then click here for the programme.
At the moment jumping is scheduled to start at 8.00 am in the morning through to 15.00 hrs - but once we have more information we will post it on this site.
Accuracy and Formation Skydiving are happening and the results are appearing on this website as they are judged (FS) - the accuracy will be posted at the end of the round, which will take some time with over 300 competitors! The Drop Zone is really buzzing with the excitement of the start - the organisation has switched up a gear.
Press Meeting at 15.00 hrs
8.00 am. 29 November 2011
The Jury gave the OK to start and all is set for an 11 a.m. start for all disciplines (except CP). Early morning start for the final practice jumps - wheels off at 8.00 a.m.
In case you were wondering the picture on the front is of theair conditioning units at the back of each delegations \'tent\' - inside they have fridges, flat screen TV\'s, beds ..... luxury, a home DZ will never seem quite the same again.
What a day for a birthday, one the following five people will probably remember for the rest of their lives:
Marcos Darman (Argentina) CF 2-Way Seq video cameraman
Aksana Famina (Belarus) Female Accuracy
Konstantin Kostov (Bulgaria) Male Style
Pasi Pirttikoski (Finland) CF 2-Way Seq
Pirout Tanantong (Thailand) Female Accuracy